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Chiropractic Care & Meditation in the Fight Against Insomnia

More and more people are turning to chiropractic care in order to help them achieve solutions for their sleeping problems. Insomnia in particular affects many people, yet many of those people unfortunately are not aware that regular chiropractic adjustments can really help them. 

Deep breathing based exercises are also known to have a range of benefits that contribute to your overall well-being, according to a helpful article by Prevention. Meditation and yoga are two common fitness routines that place a strong focus on controlled breathing, and when practiced on a regular basis, these techniques have been known to reduce stress, increase mental focus and physical energy, and induce deep sleep.

If yoga poses or meditative workouts just aren’t for you, there’s a great deep breathing technique you can try to help you fall asleep. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from chronic insomnia, whether it is caused by stress or another underlying physical condition. Since insomnia becomes more persistent and worsens as we age, you may want to start practicing this regardless of how old you are now so you can start building up a healthy lifestyle sooner.

It’s also important to remember that trouble falling asleep now can lead to more health issues later down the line, such as weight gain, increased stress, raised blood pressure, increased risk of type 2 (aka adult onset) diabetes, decline in mental focus and clarity...the list goes on and on. Essentially, sleep is incredibly important for your overall well-being, and if you’re having any kind of trouble falling or staying asleep, you should focus on fixing the problem immediately. Thegood thing about this breathing technique is that you can practice it easily in your own home every night before you go to bed; you don’t even have to make the trek to the gym to learn it!

Be sure to follow these steps after you climb into bed at night:

  • Exhale through your mouth.

  • Close your mouth, and inhale through your nose for 4 seconds (no need to rush the times here).

  • After the 4 seconds is up, hold your breath for 7 seconds.

  • Now exhale for 8 seconds.

Repeat this exercise three times nightly, and you should feel yourself slipping into a more relaxed state, making falling asleep a much easier task to do. Soon, it will become an easy and effortless habit.  At the very least, make this routine a nightly ritual in order to start seeing results within the first week. If you can, try to continue boosting the positive effects with a regular yoga routine and regular chiropractic adjustments and treatments. 

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